Wait, did I see that right?
ESPN just updated their rankings for the 2020 recruiting class following the addition of Terrence Clarke to it, as he was previously a 2021 recruit.
The worldwide leader in sports has the 6-7 small forward ranked 13th.
For perspective, both Rivals and 247 Sports has Clarke at No. 4 in the nation.
What could be the reason for such a dropoff of one of the best players in the class? The only way I could justify this is because of his reclassification.
When Clarke announced that he will be joining UK, he also announced that he was going to reclassify from the class of 2021 to 2020. So, maybe that’s why ESPN decided to drop him that low, but still, Clarke is one of the most dynamic players in either class. Dropping him to 13 seems a bit rash.
I’m sure as Clarke’s senior season continues, ESPN will have no choice but to put him higher. Interestingly enough, this now makes BJ Boston the Kentucky Wildcats’ best recruit, as he came in at No. 9 in the ESPN rankings.
After that, we see Lance Ware ranked at No. 43 and Cam’Ron Fletcher come in at No. 45. Ware is also lower in the ESPN rankings than other services, as he is ranked 33rd in the 247 Sports rankings.
It will be interesting to see how each of these player’s senior year plays out and how ESPN will rank them in upcoming rankings. Even if these rankings do stand, there’s a lot to be excited about for this recruiting class.
Also, for reference, a pair of UK targets are near the top with Cade Cunningham at No. 2 and Joshua Christopher at No. 12. Hopefully, the Cats can pick up at least one of these players.